Navarro College announced its Brilliance 2014 Scholarship Fundraising Gala, an elegant event scheduled for April 12 at the Midlothian Conference Center.

Last year’s 2013 Brilliance gala raised more than $91,000. “This is an event that impacts all of the dual credit and general academic students in Ellis County and our community support continues to be overwhelming.” said Dr. Kenneth Martin, President of Ellis County Campuses.

“Education is empowering to all who receive it. It builds confidence, helps students learn to think for themselves, and oftentimes opened doors to opportunities we’ve never en dreamed,” remarks Dr. Martin, “which makes Brilliance the perfect vehicle for to provide the financial assistance they may need.”

The average cost to an Ellis County student taking 12 credit hours is $1178 plus books per semester. All money raised at this event will go toward student scholarships, which include Dual Credit and General Academic, for Ellis County students in Ennis, Ferris, Italy, Life School, Midlothian, Maypearl, Milford, Palmer, Waxahachie, and Red Oak.

Ellis County understands the immense benefits of higher education. According to the U. S. Department of Labor statistics, higher education significantly improves one’s earning power and employability. “Ideally we would like to offer a scholarship to pursue higher education to every qualifying Ellis County resident who wanted to go to college,” said Dr. Martin. “I think we can find the resources in Ellis County to make that a reality.”

Guests of the event will enjoy a first class evening of cocktails, silent and live auction, gourmet dinner, and entertainment by the Classic Swing Band.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities or table reservations, or to receive formal communication regarding the event, please call Lynn Pike, at 972.923.6439, or email at